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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 11th October 2018, 22:58
Replies: 7
Views: 140
Posted By Jim M.
It's an adult non-breeding Swamp Sparrow.

It's an adult non-breeding Swamp Sparrow.
Forum: Cameras And Photography Friday 5th October 2018, 12:47
Replies: 29
Views: 653
Posted By Jim M.
I think the middle ground you want can be found...

I think the middle ground you want can be found in the micro 4/3rds system (Olympus & Panasonic). Much larger sensor than any superzoom, but a 2x crop factor, so you get twice the reach out of your...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 4th October 2018, 18:39
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Jim M.
Which precisely misses the one of the points of...

Which precisely misses the one of the points of my post, which expressly used the word "all." My point was that they are not all like that (me for one), so please don't make broad generalizations...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 20:18
Replies: 10
Views: 200
Posted By Jim M.
3 is certainly an Eastern Wood-Pewee. An OS Fly...

3 is certainly an Eastern Wood-Pewee. An OS Fly would have a more contrasting vest, typically "unbuttoned at the top", and a heavier bill and larger head.
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 29th September 2018, 15:57
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Jim M.
Many of these threads devolve into people bashing...

Many of these threads devolve into people bashing anyone who goes on set departure tours, suggesting they are all unimaginative birders who simply lack the skills to ID or find birds themselves, or...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 24th September 2018, 18:44
Replies: 24
Views: 1,753
Posted By Jim M.
If you check my initial post in this thread, you...

If you check my initial post in this thread, you will see I started it two years ago. But it was a general request for information, so happy to see any updates. Since I started it, I squeezed in a...
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 23rd September 2018, 21:36
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Jim M.
I understand that. I meant to include...

I understand that. I meant to include preferences regarding how much you want/can spend on a birding holiday under the rubric of "personal preference.”
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 21st September 2018, 18:32
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Jim M.
The major birding tour operators that I would...

The major birding tour operators that I would recommend for you offer tours worldwide, including Costa Rica: Rockjumper Birding Tours, Field Guides, Wings

Smaller Operators (may or may not be...
Forum: Fuji Friday 21st September 2018, 16:38
Replies: 19
Views: 604
Posted By Jim M.
Just a note: For bird photography, straight...

Just a note: For bird photography, straight comparisons of noise between uncropped m4/3 (Oly and Panasonic) photos and APS-C shots (Fuji and many DSLRs) is a bit misleading because you will...
Forum: Bird Paleontology Thursday 13th September 2018, 11:03
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By Jim M.
Funny how the secondary headline gets the import...

Funny how the secondary headline gets the import of the discovery for elephant birds exactly wrong ("Prehistoric humans are under suspicion of wiping out the largest birds that ever lived after...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 8th September 2018, 19:40
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By Jim M.
Agree with AndyB39. Birds of the Indonesian...

Agree with AndyB39. Birds of the Indonesian archipelago by Eaton et al. does not cover peninsular Malaysia, as the name suggests. Plus it is heavy and includes many species you will not see in...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 24th August 2018, 14:06
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim M.
That's significant. I would be delighted if I...

That's significant. I would be delighted if I could lose 7% of my weight! And using a lighter weight paper could make a paperback edition even lighter.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 24th August 2018, 06:33
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim M.
Agree, but paperback editions are significantly...

Agree, but paperback editions are significantly lighter in my experience; just because it is paperback doesn't mean the only change they make is to swap covers.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 18:42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jim M.
I see the Thailand guide is listed as being a...

I see the Thailand guide is listed as being a hardback. If that means it is similar to the Indonesian archipelago guide in weight, it will be uncomfortably heavy for field use. Really don't...
Forum: Mammals Monday 20th August 2018, 05:59
Replies: 1
Views: 243
Posted By Jim M.
Not a rodent, but an opossum. Looks like...

Not a rodent, but an opossum. Looks like Southern Opossum, Didelphis marsupialis.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 8th August 2018, 18:49
Replies: 11
Views: 165
Posted By Jim M.
I don't disagree with the ID, but should note...

I don't disagree with the ID, but should note that I've found many mis-ID'd photos on that site in the past, so need to be cautious in relying on the labels there.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Wednesday 8th August 2018, 00:56
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By Jim M.
It is a female of one of the Mosaic Darners...

It is a female of one of the Mosaic Darners (genus Aeshna; Darners have their own family, Aeshnidae). Possibly Canada Darner, but there are some very similar species. I'm from the eastern U.S., so...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 4th August 2018, 05:22
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By Jim M.
Those are four of the biggest, most well-known...

Those are four of the biggest, most well-known companies. I've been on two tours with each (except only one Wings), and about the same total number of tours with smaller companies. Each of the four...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 24th July 2018, 20:13
Replies: 5
Views: 136
Posted By Jim M.
House Wren, Field Sparrow, and the last 3 are...

House Wren, Field Sparrow, and the last 3 are Song Sparrows.
Forum: Maryland Monday 23rd July 2018, 12:36
Replies: 1
Views: 595
Posted By Jim M.
Hi José, I'm afraid finding a chat in October...

Hi José,

I'm afraid finding a chat in October would be a long shot. Most of the chats have left the area by that time. Here is an eBird map showing the few October sightings from last year. ...
Forum: Olympus Saturday 21st July 2018, 17:35
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By Jim M.
The link is to what appears to be pure...

The link is to what appears to be pure speculation on the DP Review forum from 11 months ago. There was subsequently a July 11 unconfirmed rumor posted on 4/3 Rumors with the same focal length but...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 15th July 2018, 15:15
Replies: 10
Views: 374
Posted By Jim M.
True, but not particularly relevant when the...

True, but not particularly relevant when the original poster is from the United States.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 14th July 2018, 16:55
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By Jim M.
FA, Here is a link to an eBird map showing...

FA,

Here is a link to an eBird map showing Red-headed Woodpecker observations in the last three years in your...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 13th July 2018, 07:21
Replies: 1
Views: 173
Posted By Jim M.
Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco.

Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 7th July 2018, 13:52
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By Jim M.
The quote is from a thread discussing grackles...

The quote is from a thread discussing grackles killing sparrows, so I don't think he is referring to the situation in Hawaii.



I think this hits the nail on the head. Some common Icterids such as...
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